Day Twelve: On the Migration Pattern of Salmon and the Symbolic Quality of that Movement

by Tom Noonan

“These salmon are coming home,” The Father said of a video he had taken of salmon swimming upstream.  “They’ve been out of freshwater for about three years, in the ocean, and now they’re using their sense of smell to get home.  You know why they’re coming home?”

He waited for a response from his audience.  It would never come.

“They’re coming back to die.  They come all the way back to where they were born just to die.  You know how they usually die?”

Still nothing.

“They get eaten.  By bears.”